As business partners on the blog and for Rocksea, our own little social media company, my sister and I work together a lot. Some days we work from our respective homes, but more often than not, we’re together. You know…
…in the same room
…at the same table
…working directly across from one another
…with all of our dogs sleeping underfoot or tearing about the house.
Most days, it’s really nice and I honestly can’t complain. But, I’d be a big fat liar if I said that my sister and I always get along. Anyone with siblings knows that you don’t always get along with your siblings.
Over the years, we’ve learned that if we don’t eat three square meals a day, we are bound to start bickering at some point. Not Eating turns us into evil, hangry monsters. We get really snippy, make pissy faces, and just get downright fresh. So, we try to make sure that we don’t skip any meals when we have to be together for an entire day…or days on end! Usually, we start our mornings off with a smoothie, but lunch is always a struggle.
When you’re trying to be as productive as possible while your children are at school, stopping to make lunch can often be viewed as an annoyance instead of a necessary endeavor. So we’ve been trying to make sure that we stay on top of making time for lunch. We’ve also found that if we jazz up our lunches, we’re in a much better mood afterward. Sometimes, just seeing a delicious meal presented before you can change your entire attitude.
For example, anytime I see gloriously-colored fresh veggies, I can’t really keep on being a crankapotamous. On the flip side, if I see a pile of grayish mush before me, I’ll just hang on to my icky mood a little while longer. That’s why when we make one of our favorite meals for lunch, we only use Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna. From the moment you open the can, you can see the difference. Long gone are the days of eating warm lumpy tuna casseroles. Now, you can serve canned tuna and be psyched to see the firm texture, light color and fresh taste.
Canned tuna is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It also packs a healthy dose of lean protein and healthy fats into our mid-day meal as well (see their website for full nutritional facts). I’m always amazed at its versatility too! Canned tuna can go from something familiar like a sandwich to something truly fantastic like these delicious Gluten Free Tuna Croquettes in just a few minutes.
We use Gluten Free Panko in this recipe because it adds a fantastically crisp outer layer to these fish cakes. When we plate them on a pile of bright green Boston lettuce and top them with homemade salsa, we manage to get all of the colors of the veggie rainbow packed into one super satisfying lunch! We knew that tuna was making a comeback as a healthy, nutritious, valuable lunchtime option, but did you?
Now that we’ve shared a simple lunchtime recipe with you, we want to know if you have a favorite tuna recipe for lunch? Do you need some inspiration? Then try one of the many mouth-watering recipes here and discover for yourself why Only Bumble Bee Albacore Will Do™.
EASY TUNA CROQUETTES RECIPE
- 5 ounce can tuna (Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water is delicious!)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise with olive oil
- 1 celery stalk, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced scallion
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup gluten-free panko
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Step 1: Drain tuna and lightly break up the pieces. (A fish cake should be nice and meaty, which is why Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore is a perfect choice for this recipe.)
Step 2: Mix tuna, mayo, celery, scallion, egg and 1/4 cup gluten-free panko together. Using an ice cream scoop, divide mixture into 4 equal sized fish cake patties. Place each fish cake on parchment paper and allow to set for 10 minutes.
Step 3: In a large tray or bowl, add remaining 3/4 cup gluten-free panko. Coat each fish cake, on all sides, in gluten-free panko.
Step 4: Heat up 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a shallow frying pan over low heat. Carefully place all 4 tuna croquettes into the frying pan, equidistant apart.
Step 5: Lightly brown tuna croquettes on each side for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from heat and set on top of a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
Step 6: Place upon a pile of fresh bib lettuce and top with my homemade tomato salsa. Trust me on this one – it’s better than a fish taco!
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Enjoy your lunch,